Kailash tour with Simikot Hilsa trek

  • Trip Duration Trip Duration 23 Days
  • Trip Grade Trip Grade Moderate

About Kailash tour with Simikot Hilsa trek

Kailash tour with Simikot – Hilsa trek offers a unique opportunity for those intrepid and daunting trekkers who are in search of virgin and chanlleging trekking route. Among all the trekking routes in Nepal, trekking from Simikot to Hilsa route is relatively less explored area as it is highly remote with topographically difficult terrain. In terms of infrastructure in this route, there are no tea houses at all. The trek has to be fully organized along with the full Sherpa support. However, the unique people, their culture & life st

yle and rugged landscape are the special attraction of this route. It makes the trek highly rewarding.

One time completely inaccessible Mt Kailash can be reached from three directions. One is through the nearest newly opened border point between Nepal and Tibet: Kerung; the 2nd one is through Lhasa by flight and the third via Simikot with a bit strenuous trekking of 5-6 days. With no surprise, the trekking lovers prefer the last option as the route is still almost virgin and serene.

This is how, obviously, it is more expensive than other trekking routes. It is more expensive not only because of its difficult terrain, but also because once the trekkers enter Tibet via Hilsa and Sher on their way Mt Kailash, all the Nepali support staff do not have any role to play in Tibet at all. They all have to return the same way back to Simikot and Kathmandu along with all equipments and enough food support till they reach back to Simikot. This is how an extra is added.

In Tibet side, the road is excellent and basic guest houses with food support are easily available at every overnight spot. Even in the 53 km Kailash circuit (kora) route where every visitor is required to walk for 2½ days, basic tented guest houses with food support are easily available. Also, at the end of the tour in Nepal side called Kerung, there are good hotels and guest houses.

Interestingly, this route to Mt Kailash and Manasarovar is also popular among the high end group of the Indian pilgrims who take 20-30 min helicopter journey to Hilsa from Simikot (both way) and pay special homage to Mt Kailash and Manasarovar. It saves their time and energy. Meantime, it is worth knowing that no helicopter flights are allowed in the Tibetan side. It drops and picks us up just at Hilsa in the Nepal side near to the border.

In fact, the Kailash tour with Simikot – Hilsa trek is especially for those who love to explore less explored areas. If you love to visit this unique and nearly unexplored area, join us and have a great time with us.

Trip Highlights

  • Scenic flight from Kathmandu – Nepalganj – Simikot,
  • Beautiful trek of 6 days along the almost virgin trail from Simikot to Hilsa on the Nepal side,
  • Wonderful picturesque drive on the Tibetan plateau on the excellent road,
  • Explore Manasarovar (one of the largest fresh water holy lake in Tibet,
  • Enjoy the strong presence of Mt Kailash, focus of the tour
  • Colorful prayer flags beautifully flapping on the kora trail, on each Tibetan house, on the high passes and on each monastery,
  • Immersing yourself in the Tibetan culture with beautiful monasteries and people,
  • Accompaniment of a good English speaking Tibetan guide throughout the tour
  • Good food (both veg & non-veg) available throughout the tour
  • Memorable 2½ day circumambulation (kora) around Mt Kailash on foot,


  • 1
    Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu airport - pick up and drop at hotel – Collect passports with visa application duly filled in – Hotel

  • 2
    Day 02: Apply for Tibet visa along with your original passports – local sightseeing (optional) – Hotel.

    (Note: Tibet visa processing takes 3 full days. So, the clients are required to stay for 4 night/5 days in Kathmandu just for this reason)

  • 3
    Day 03: local sightseeing (optional) – Hotel.

  • 4
    Day 04: Obtain Tibet visa - local sightseeing (optional) – Hotel

  • 5
    Day 05: Morning local sightseeing (optional).

    Afternoon, fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj ( western Nepal) and transfer to hotel & overnight at Hotel Sneh or Batika

  • 6
    Day 06: Early morning transfer to the airport at Nepalgunj to fly (50 min) to Simikot (2,910 m).

    On a clear day, this flight offers you beautiful views of Rara Lake and the Saiphal Himal range. Simikot is the Head Quarter of Humla district and houses government offices and a school. The inhabitants of this small town are mostly Chetris.
    Your trek-support crew, waiting for you at Simikot will welcome you at the airport. The crew will start allocating your luggage, food and camping equipments packs into loads for the porters or animals to carry. By this time you can enjoy lunch at Simikot. Rest & acclimatization in Simikot – Hotel/Guest House

  • 7
    Day 07: Morning we will start trek through the wheat and barley fields to a ridge at 3,315 m and from the ridge, a steep descend will take you to Majhgaon (2,270 m) – Camping at Majhgaun.

  • 8
    Day 08: Your morning trek will pass through the village of Dharapani and it will continue along the banks of the Karnali river to Khermi (2,690 m) – Camping at Khermi.

  • 9
    Day 09: Today, your trek will climb through a pine forest to a ridge and to another ridge with a mild uphill walk. From this point of the ridge you will enter narrowing river valley.

    Your further walk will involve a climb of two more ridges through a steep and narrow path to Yablang village. A mild climb of one more ridge of 2,930 m will gradually take down to 2,850 m where you will camp at Yanger.

  • 10
    Day 10: Your walk through the lower trail from Yanger will arrive at a rocky spur and after some ups and downs, you will cross a suspension bridge at 2,800 m.

    Then, a soft uphill walk through the apricot orchards to Muchu village will arrive at Palbang (3,380 m) and camp.

  • 11
    Day 11: Continue your uphill walk to Yari village and reach the base of the Nara La (4,330 m). You will camp for the night at the base.

  • 12
    Day 12: Continue a steep uphill walk and reach the top of the Nara La (pass of 4,580 m).

    Then, from the pass, you will take a steep and rough downhill walk to the Karnali river. Right at a short distance from the river, you will see the boundary pillars between Nepal and China. Continue to Tibet part… …

  • 13
    Day 13: Arrive at Sher via Hilsa (3,800 m) which is a amall but, busy trading post.

    You should reset your watch as China is two and quarter hours ahead of Nepal time. At Sher, our Tibetan guide with a vehicle waiting for us will receive us and drive for an hour and half to Taklakot along the excellent road, which is also known as Purang (3,930 m) – rest and at guest acclimatization house

  • 14
    Day 14: You will spend today acclimatising at Taklakot with a mild walk around - Guest house

  • 15
    Day 15: Drive Taklakot to Lake Manasarovar on the scenic Tibetan plateau (4,550 m) offering us the beautiful view of Mt Gurla Mandhata (7,694 m) en route. Arrive near the Chiu Gompa and check in to Guest House.

  • 16
    Day 16: AM: Explore Manasarovar (with puja, hawan and prayer, etc for the religious people).

    The ever changing colour of the lake and swirling tides on its surface form an unforgettable impression in your mind enriching your spirituality and devotion at every moment to the mighty presence of the almighty everywhere. PM: Late afternoon, drive to Darchen (4,560 m: 40 km: 1 hr) & get prepared for next day circumbulation (kora) around MT KAILASH (6,714 m) - Guest House

  • 17
    Day 17: Morning drive to Tarboche (9 km: 30 min). It is the place where a special festival called Saga Dawa (birthday ceremony of Lord Buddha) is celebrated with much colours and offerings in May/June every year (For the specific date, please contact us).

    Right from here going through the Yama Dwar (door to heaven, we start trek (circumambulation around Mt Kailash of 53 km in total) to Dhira Phuk (4,800 m: 10 km: 5-6 hrs.) – Guest House

  • 18
    Day 18: Trek to Zutul Phuk (4,700 m: 16 km: 7-8 hrs) by crossing over Dolma La pass (5,600 m) – Guest House

  • 19
    Day 19: Trek on the flat land to Trangsar (pick up point) (10 km: 3-4 hrs) and afternoon, drive to Darchen (8 km) – Continue drive back to Paryang (4,300 m: 4-5 hrs) – Guest House

  • 20
    Day 20: Scenic drive from Paryang to Saga (4,400 m) via Dzonba through the beautiful countryside of Tibet.

    The Himalayan view on your right hand side keeps busy in appreciating the scenery off and on – Guest House

  • 21
    Day 21: Scenic drive to Kerong (3,200 m) through the Tibetan countryside past Paiku Tso Lake (4,591 m) & small villages.

    The beautiful view of Mt Xishapagma (8,012 m) & Mt Cho Oyu (8,201 m)(weather permitting) on the way refreshes your fatigue of the whole Kailash tour - Guest House.

  • 22
    Day 22: Drive Kerong – Kathmandu (7-8 hrs) through the lush green landscape of Nepal via Rasuwagadhi, Syabrubesi, Dhunche & Trishuli Bazaar – Transfer to your hotel.

  • 23
    Day 23: Transfer to airport and fly back home.

Cost Includes

  • Twin sharing room in 3 star hotel in Kathmandu & Nepalganj on bed and breakfast (BB) basis,
  • Twin sharing room in a good hotel in Simikot on (BB) basis,
  • Twin sharing accommodation in the guest houses on the Kailash side and 3 star hotel in Kerung on BB basis,
  • English speaking Tibetan Guide throughout the tour,
  • Transportation as per itinerary and group size by a good A/C Van/Bus in Tibet,,
  • Monastery entrance fees,
  • Tibet visa fee
  • Tibet Travel permit,
  • Yak and Yak man (1 yak for 2 men’s luggage)
  • Oxygen bottles (1 each)
  • Necessary airport/hotel/airport transfers

Cost Excludes:

  • Lunch & Dinner (can be easily bought in all the guest houses & hotels in Nepal and Tibet)
  • Train or Air fare of any sectors,
  • Insurance of any kind,
  • Extra cost due to Natural or political disturbance which is beyond our control,
  • Personal expenses such as drinks, tips, porter charges, etc.,
  • Airfare KTM/LXA or LXA/KTM (We could book and confirm your flight at a cheaper price. Please let us know.)
  • All trekking/camping arrangement like Sherpa, cook, main meals, truck, equipments, etc.,

Useful info

  • The tour is based on guest houses & 3 star hotels with breakfast only. Lunch and dinner are easily available in each guest house and hotel en route.
  • The guest houses on the Kailash side are basic and all are requested not to have a high expectation.